F-MCC men, women split with Delhi

Staff report

JOHNSTOWN --It was a split decision Thursday night at Fulton-Montgomery Community College, as the Lady Raiders easily breezed past the women from SUNY Delhi, while the F-MCC men were victims to a second-half comeback from the Broncos.

The Lady Raiders (6-0) jumped out to a 14-point lead at halftime before cruising to a 75-54 victory. Takima Lucky led the F-MCC women with 30 points, as the point guard needed just 16 shots to get her game-high point scoring total.

"She's been huge for us," F-MCC head coach Kevin Jones said.

In addition to her scoring, Lucky compiled eight rebounds, five assists and four steals in an all-around effort.

Jones said he was a little displeased with a slow start for the Lady Raiders Thursday night, but the F-MCC women got their game into gear without wasting too much time. Slow starts -- and rebounding from them -- has been a theme this season for the Lady Raiders, Jones said.

"Once we get into the game a bit, get into the flow and get into transition a little bit, we get ahead," said Jones. "Then, we're able to cruise."

More importantly for the Lady Raiders, the club once again controlled the boards. The F-MCC women outrebounded SUNY Delhi, 58-43, as the Lady Raiders earned another double-digit rebounding victory.

"We've been crashing the boards oretty good this year," Jones said.

It has not just been the team's forwards controlling the boards, either.

Jones said a key for his team has been the club's guards also pitching in and grabbing rebounds.

"We've been getting them inside as well, really controlling the boards (that way)," Jones said.

While Lucky had eight rebounds, three players had more. Grace Rutagengwa had a team-high 13 rebounds, while Kassandra Flowers had 10 and Cheryl Osborne had nine.

Flowers added 11 points for a double-double, while Rutagengwa had 10.

Yaya Soto had 20 points to lead the SUNY Delhi women.

Off to a fast start on the heels of last year's 25-5 campaign, Jones said the start has been a bit of a welcome surprise.

"You know, it is, because we had to replace so many key players from last year," he said.

"At our level, you've got to get out and recruit -- try to reload instead of rebuild," continued Jones, "because it's got to be a quick turnaround."

Meanwhile, the F-MCC men could not hold onto a large halftime lead in their game, falling 57-56 to the Broncos. The Raiders (4-2) led by 16 points at halftime.

Ibrahima Diallo had 12 points to lead the Raiders, while also adding five rebounds.

But Diallo also had five turnovers. Also struggling Thursday night was Andy Irizarry, one of the Raiders' more reliable scorers, who shot 2 of 11 from the field on his way to 10 points.

The Broncos were led by a balanced scoring attack in their comeback win, as three players each scored more than a dozen points.